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Lane County Declares Racism a Public Health Crisis

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In their capacity as the board of health, the Lane County Commissioners passed the resolutionwhich includes a commitment to meaningful discussion with communities of color on issues of race, ethnicity and health.

Eugene Springfield NAACP President Eric Richardson was one of several who spoke in favor of the resolution during public comment. He said the declaration is overdue.

“Racism has been generational. It has affected our nation. White people are affected by racism,” Richardson said. “This is a mental health crisis and it spills over into our education system.”

Commissioner Jay Bozievich voted against the resolution saying he felt it was an exercise in “virtue signaling”.

The legislature is also considering a resolution declaring racism a public health crisis. 

Earlier this month the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared racism a serious public health crisis.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s host for All Things Considered on weekday afternoons. She also is the editor of the KLCC Extra, the daily digital newspaper. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000.
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